Plant Hens and chicks in your garden this year. They offer excellent ground coverage within your garden or landscaping project. There over 3,000 varieties of succulents and they reproduce and multiply quite quickly making for fantastic gifts to share or fill in empty spaces. This post is concerned with the beginning phase for these wonderful succulents. Planting from cuttings and chicks is really easy, even for beginners.
These are extremely versatile plants that will grow nearly anywhere. You can plant them in rocky terrain, in poor soil or even in an old shoe. Give them a try in any unique or unorthodox planter you might have.
Succulents require virtually no major care or attention. In fact in many cases people over water these succulents which is one of the main reasons for their demise. After some time caring for these plants you might even find that your local rainfall is all they need to look beautiful and healthy alongside the other plants in your garden.
It is easy to plant these little succulents. For chicks, just separate them from the larger hens root structure. You may choose to let the roots aerate some before placing them into a bed or pot with soil. Be sure to lightly water them after planting. Before long individual chicks will begin to flourish even with minimal care and begin to grow new generations.
If you are starting from cuttings it will take a little more preparation. You may choose to use cups to propagate the plants by this method. Going indoors with cuttings or into the greenhouse is highly advisable. There are even special soil mixes for succulents like hens and chicks. Before long your cuttings will set down roots and begin to grow larger. You can then transfer them outdoors or just move them to larger pots to green up the indoors!
Hens and chicks are low maintenance additions to your garden. Their rewards are many as the “chicks” spread quickly offering you new growth and move across the open areas of your gardening beds. Watch for long shoots that extend up from the hens, they signal the end of their growth cycle though by this point you will have plenty of new chicks in its place!
Succulents are great for those who may lack a green thumb or don’t have a lot of time to garden but desire a plant that is fun to watch develop. Just place an existing plant into a good breathable pot or soil and watch them prosper!
Before long you’ll be looking at more hens and chicks than you now what to do with and will be asking you friends and family if they’ll take some off of your hands.
Image courtesy The Greenery Nursery